Roman Banks, who has been the head basketball coach at Southern since 2011 and serving in the dual-role of interim AD for the past two, has been named the permanent AD at the University. Taking over his duties as basketball coach, at least on an interim basis, is associate head coach Morris Scott.
Banks will have a big job on his hands moving forward, as Southern is currently in the first year of a five-year NCAA probation. He has already spent the past two years working to clean up the athletic program, but the path ahead will require his full-time attention.
“[SU President Ray L. Belton] wanted to keep continuity and keep the people working with the NCAA who have been working with the NCAA,” Banks said on Friday. “I’m thankful to Dr. Belton and the board of supervisors to have the confidence to even ask me to take the reigns over Southern University’s athletic department.”
On the top of continuity, the basketball program will certainly be in familiar hands next season. Morris Scott has been on Banks’ staff since 2011, spending the first three as an assistant before being promoted to his most recent role in 2014. He also worked with Banks at Southeastern Louisiana State from 2008-10. The Georgia-native is an alumnus of Florida A&M University, where he also worked as a graduate assistant to start his coaching career after four seasons playing for the Rattlers.